No additional cost with paid Park admission; "Early Bird" Watch is extra; see details
Flock to the Rock
Chimney Rock at Chimney Rock State Park
Chimney Rock, NC 28720
Latitude: 35° 26' 22.5594" N
Longitude: -82° 14' 54.9594" W
Contact: Matt Popowski
Toll Free U.S.:800-277-9611
Flock to the Rock is the region’s premier fall migration birding event held at Chimney Rock, a birder’s paradise and an official site on the North Carolina Birding Trail. Featuring live Birds of Prey programs with a Red-tailed Hawk and Great Horned Owl, this weekend of birding events includes bird walks guided by local experts, workshops ranging from bird photography to hummingbirds and family nature walks. Kids can get in on the fun too, with activities like owl pellet dissection. Plus, join us Sunday for a 7:30am “Early Bird” Migration Watch for optimal bird watching on a 2+ hour walk. Cost is $20 for Adults (includes Park admission) or $5 for Passholders, call (800) 625-9611 to register.
Chimney Rock is home to more than 130 species of birds throughout the year, including warblers, vireos, tanagers, woodpeckers, thrushes, owls and birds of prey, such as the Peregrine Falcon. This prime birding weekend coincides with the annual hawk migration when dozens, sometimes hundreds, of hawks can be seen during their flight south.